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News | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 16, 2022
Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly is pictured at a Feb. 24 press conference in Ottawa. Hybrid warfare includes a wide range of military and non-military elements, such as economic measures, cyberattacks, media censorship and propaganda, psychological operations, and closure of commercial airspace. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
News | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 16, 2022
News | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 16, 2022
Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly is pictured at a Feb. 24 press conference in Ottawa. Hybrid warfare includes a wide range of military and non-military elements, such as economic measures, cyberattacks, media censorship and propaganda, psychological operations, and closure of commercial airspace. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 1, 2022
Vasily Nebenzya, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at a Feb. 25 Security Council meeting. Russia’s heavy-handed ‘peace-making’ approach with tanks and troops to try to de-escalate tensions in Eastern Ukraine is not consistent with the UN spirit, writes Pascal Desbiens. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/United Nations
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 1, 2022
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 1, 2022
Vasily Nebenzya, Russian ambassador to the United Nations, speaks at a Feb. 25 Security Council meeting. Russia’s heavy-handed ‘peace-making’ approach with tanks and troops to try to de-escalate tensions in Eastern Ukraine is not consistent with the UN spirit, writes Pascal Desbiens. Screenshot courtesy of YouTube/United Nations
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | February 14, 2022
Freedom Convoy supporters walk along Wellington Street on Feb. 12, as the convoy’s occupation of downtown Ottawa enters the third weekend. Regardless of the fundamental merits of the demands of groups, democratic governments, however, cannot discuss with disjointed individuals on the street, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | February 14, 2022
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | February 14, 2022
Freedom Convoy supporters walk along Wellington Street on Feb. 12, as the convoy’s occupation of downtown Ottawa enters the third weekend. Regardless of the fundamental merits of the demands of groups, democratic governments, however, cannot discuss with disjointed individuals on the street, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 11, 2020
Quebec Premier François Legault is pictured in Ottawa on Sept. 18, 2020. Even though the sovereignty of Quebec may no longer be one of the priorities of most Quebecers, sensitive subjects such as language, race, culture, beliefs, and freedoms remain at the heart of individual identities and the social fabric, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 11, 2020
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 11, 2020
Quebec Premier François Legault is pictured in Ottawa on Sept. 18, 2020. Even though the sovereignty of Quebec may no longer be one of the priorities of most Quebecers, sensitive subjects such as language, race, culture, beliefs, and freedoms remain at the heart of individual identities and the social fabric, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 2, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at an Oct. 13 media availability with Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo. There is a fine line between being decision-makers for all and being responsible guides translating the work of the scientific community into balanced and rational public decisions and communications, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 2, 2020
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 2, 2020
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at an Oct. 13 media availability with Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam and Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo. There is a fine line between being decision-makers for all and being responsible guides translating the work of the scientific community into balanced and rational public decisions and communications, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 22, 2020
The recent international tensions to secure medical supplies in response to COVID-19, and the consequences of the pandemic on the entire planet provide the Security Council with an unexpected opportunity to demonstrate its ability to speak with one voice as the world needs it the most, writes Pascal Desbiens. Flickr photograph by Michelle Lee
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 22, 2020
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 22, 2020
The recent international tensions to secure medical supplies in response to COVID-19, and the consequences of the pandemic on the entire planet provide the Security Council with an unexpected opportunity to demonstrate its ability to speak with one voice as the world needs it the most, writes Pascal Desbiens. Flickr photograph by Michelle Lee
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 1, 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured at the National Press Theatre, where press conferences were being held before officials shifted to a bigger room, chairs the feds' cabinet committee on COVID-19. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 1, 2020
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 1, 2020
Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, pictured at the National Press Theatre, where press conferences were being held before officials shifted to a bigger room, chairs the feds' cabinet committee on COVID-19. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 9, 2020
Health Minister Patty Hajdu briefs reporters on the feds' efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 9, 2020
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 9, 2020
Health Minister Patty Hajdu briefs reporters on the feds' efforts to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 2, 2020
Demonstrators in support of some of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs took to the streets of the parliamentary precinct last week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 2, 2020
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | March 2, 2020
Demonstrators in support of some of the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs took to the streets of the parliamentary precinct last week. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | February 24, 2020
A rally in support of Wet’suwet’an land defenders marched in downtown Ottawa on Feb. 7. In an increasingly interdependent society, an urgent challenge facing democratic governments is arguably to determine how much disruptive power, in terms of time and intensity, dissatisfied groups can be allowed to exercise domestically, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | February 24, 2020
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | February 24, 2020
A rally in support of Wet’suwet’an land defenders marched in downtown Ottawa on Feb. 7. In an increasingly interdependent society, an urgent challenge facing democratic governments is arguably to determine how much disruptive power, in terms of time and intensity, dissatisfied groups can be allowed to exercise domestically, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 27, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the NATO Summit in London, U.K., in the days immediately preceding the Dec. 5 resumption of Parliament. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 27, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 27, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will attend the NATO Summit in London, U.K., in the days immediately preceding the Dec. 5 resumption of Parliament. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 20, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured leaving the National Press Theatre on Oct. 23 after his first post-election press conference. Hopefully, synergies in areas where domestic and foreign policies naturally intersect shall be further exploited in the upcoming Throne Speech, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 20, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 20, 2019
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured leaving the National Press Theatre on Oct. 23 after his first post-election press conference. Hopefully, synergies in areas where domestic and foreign policies naturally intersect shall be further exploited in the upcoming Throne Speech, writes Pascal Desbiens. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 13, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured on Nov. 6 in the East Room of the White House. The U.S. electoral college system has been criticized, including following the 2016 presidential election after President Donald Trump obtained a smaller share of the popular vote than his opponent. The current minority government in Ottawa is in the exact same position, writes Pascal Desbiens. Photograph courtesy of The White House Flickr
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 13, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 13, 2019
U.S. President Donald Trump, pictured on Nov. 6 in the East Room of the White House. The U.S. electoral college system has been criticized, including following the 2016 presidential election after President Donald Trump obtained a smaller share of the popular vote than his opponent. The current minority government in Ottawa is in the exact same position, writes Pascal Desbiens. Photograph courtesy of The White House Flickr
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 6, 2019
Amid the continued Brexit impasse, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson got his desired early election call last week. The recent national election in Canada and the upcoming one in the United Kingdom are timely reminders of what sound democratic governance means and implies, writes Pascal Desbiens. Photograph courtesy of Arno Mikkor's Flickr
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 6, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | November 6, 2019
Amid the continued Brexit impasse, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson got his desired early election call last week. The recent national election in Canada and the upcoming one in the United Kingdom are timely reminders of what sound democratic governance means and implies, writes Pascal Desbiens. Photograph courtesy of Arno Mikkor's Flickr
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | October 30, 2019
Police oversee protests in Hong Kong on Oct. 6. When social conflicts lead to violent confrontations at the expense of political dialogue, the more powerful forces are likely to prevail, writes Pascal Desbiens. Flickr photograph by Etan Liam
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | October 30, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | October 30, 2019
Police oversee protests in Hong Kong on Oct. 6. When social conflicts lead to violent confrontations at the expense of political dialogue, the more powerful forces are likely to prevail, writes Pascal Desbiens. Flickr photograph by Etan Liam
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | June 19, 2019
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak at the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Canada is well placed to defend common causes and should be trusted to speak diplomatically and honestly at the UN Security Council, writes Pascal Desbiens. UN photograph by Cia Pak
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | June 19, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | June 19, 2019
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland listens to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak at the UN General Assembly in September 2017. Canada is well placed to defend common causes and should be trusted to speak diplomatically and honestly at the UN Security Council, writes Pascal Desbiens. UN photograph by Cia Pak
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 22, 2019
The resignation of former Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick amid the SNC-Lavalin furor, as he recognized his impartiality could no longer be trusted, was an extraordinary sign of dignity, writes Pascal Desbiens, though it was surprising that Canada’s most senior public servant would get so close to politics. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 22, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 22, 2019
The resignation of former Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick amid the SNC-Lavalin furor, as he recognized his impartiality could no longer be trusted, was an extraordinary sign of dignity, writes Pascal Desbiens, though it was surprising that Canada’s most senior public servant would get so close to politics. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 15, 2019
The prospect of Russian interference in the last U.S. election has dogged President Donald Trump since he took office in January 2017, but the subsequent investigation and report holds lessons for all Western-style democracies, writes Pascal Desbiens. White House photograph courtesy of Shealah Craighead
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 15, 2019
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 15, 2019
The prospect of Russian interference in the last U.S. election has dogged President Donald Trump since he took office in January 2017, but the subsequent investigation and report holds lessons for all Western-style democracies, writes Pascal Desbiens. White House photograph courtesy of Shealah Craighead
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | June 29, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Ottawa on June 1, the day of the inaugural Canada-China Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Dialogue. PMO photograph by Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | June 29, 2016
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | June 29, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Ottawa on June 1, the day of the inaugural Canada-China Foreign Affairs Ministers’ Dialogue. PMO photograph by Adam Scotti
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 4, 2016
U.S. presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have both claimed that their party's nomination processes were 'rigged.' Gage Skidmore Photo & Wikimedia Photo: Michael Vadon
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 4, 2016
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | May 4, 2016
U.S. presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have both claimed that their party's nomination processes were 'rigged.' Gage Skidmore Photo & Wikimedia Photo: Michael Vadon
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 20, 2016
Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, pictured in January, said last month "responsible conviction" will be his guiding principle in the job. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 20, 2016
Opinion | BY PASCAL DESBIENS | April 20, 2016
Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, pictured in January, said last month "responsible conviction" will be his guiding principle in the job. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright